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Welcome to “Przekrój”!

In case you’re wondering where you are, and especially since you probably can’t pronounce the name of this website, here’s a little help—“Przekrój” (pronounced “p-SHEH-crooy”) is the oldest society and culture magazine in Poland, now available in English.

“Przekrój” Magazine brings English-speaking readers some of the best journalism from across Central and Eastern Europe, in the fields of wellbeing, art, literature, science, ecology, philosophy, psychology, and more. Take a break from the speed and intensity of the daily news and join us!

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Those Who Dispel the Darkness

Those Who Dispel the Darkness
The Gurus of India

Magazine / society
The Hindu spiritual teachers of the subcontinent play an important role in everyday life, acting as exemplary guides. Yet they are not without their controversies. Maciej Wesołowski

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The Tales of a Belarusian Scheherazade

The Tales of a Belarusian Scheherazade
A Hidden Classic of Gothic Folklore

Magazine / culture
The 19th-century collection of fantastical tales “Nobleman Zavalnya” helped popularize Belarusian literature and folk culture—150 years after it was published. Mikołaj Gliński
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Janusz Korczak’s Indian Dream

Janusz Korczak’s Indian Dream
A Play in the Warsaw Ghetto

Magazine / culture
The Polish pedagogue and children’s author developed an interest in the religions and culture of India and beyond, which informed his worldview amid the brutality of war. Agnieszka Witkowska-Krych
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A Beautiful Mind

A Beautiful Mind
The Life of Rabindranath Tagore

Magazine / culture
The great Bengali polymath was an intellectual giant; a poet, thinker, social reformer, and much more, who reshaped the culture of his homeland. Paulina Wilk

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5th December 1952

5th December 1952
Anniversary of the Month

Reading / science
On this day in 1952, just over a decade after the wartime Blitz, death from above hit the streets of London again. Smog was everywhere, blinding pedestrians and even creeping into cinema screens. Adam Węgłowski

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December in History

December in History
Diary of an Eternal Pessimist

Reading / society
Our eternally pessimistic correspondent gives his historical highlights for the month of December. Adam Węgłowski
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All the Religions of India

All the Religions of India
An Overview of the Multifaith State

Magazine / society
Although predominantly Hindu, the Indian subcontinent is the birthplace of four major world religions—and is tolerant of many more. Maciej Wesołowski
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The Babus of Nayanjore
short story

The Babus of Nayanjore

Magazine / culture
A short story by the Bengali polymath about the clash between different classes and generations—and between tradition and modernity. Rabindranath Tagore

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Where Does War Come From?

Where Does War Come From?
The Origins of Organized Bloodshed

Magazine / society
Conflict is usually attributed to disputes over land and resources, inherent aggressive tendencies, or gender. Yet perhaps none of the above provide an adequate explanation. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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For Your Eyes Only

For Your Eyes Only
The Physics of Rainbows

Magazine / science
The multicolored arches that appear in the sky are optical rather than physical phenomena—and as such are unique to the eyes of each viewer. Szymon Drobniak

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Tears of the Sun

Tears of the Sun
A Cultural History of Amber

Magazine / culture
Fossilized tree resin has been valued for thousands of years, not only because of its yellowy-orange hue, but also for its supposed ritual and medical properties. Tomasz Wichrowski
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A Very Bushy Tale

A Very Bushy Tale
The Huli Jing and Kitsune

Magazine / culture
Shapeshifting trickster foxes are part of Chinese and Japanese folklore. Often portrayed as women, their mythological presence reveals social attitudes and anxieties. Maciej Świetlik
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Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
healthy living

Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
A Most Delicate Massage

Magazine / society
The Butterfly Touch method developed by Eva Reich shows how less means more and how power lies in gentleness. Agnieszka Rostkowska

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The Language of the Gods

The Language of the Gods
A Conversation About Sanskrit

Magazine / society
It is one of the world’s oldest languages and belongs to the Indo-European family, meaning that Sanskrit is still alive and well today—at home and abroad. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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Sleepless Cities

Sleepless Cities
The Compression of Time

Magazine / society
Sleep is the last bastion of rest. Yet a glance at the world’s major urban centers suggests that in the future, humans may increasingly be forced into constant wakefulness. Paulina Wilk

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The Hero in the Labyrinth

The Hero in the Labyrinth
The Pioneering Work of Joseph Campbell

Magazine / society
The American mythologist spent his life examining the cultural role of stories and synthesizing their common motifs into a universal tale of the human experience. Tomasz Wiśniewski
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The Chemistry of Tea

The Chemistry of Tea
How the Beverage Is Produced

Magazine / society
Behind the seemingly simple cup of tea—one of the world’s most popular infusions—lies a plethora of complex biochemical processes. Szymon Drobniak

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Orange Planet

Orange Planet
A Surprisingly Ubiquitous Color

Magazine / science
Positioned between red and yellow, this fiery hue is often hidden in plain sight—be it in the paint decorating the Golden Gate Bridge or on the leaves of most plants. Szymon Drobniak
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Cosmic Transmissions (Fall, 2022)

Cosmic Transmissions (Fall, 2022)

Magazine / science
Our quarterly communication of news from Earth and outer space, including a wimpy particle, attempts to contact aliens, and the truth about Jupiter’s shocking past. Łukasz Kaniewski

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How to Build a Nation

How to Build a Nation
The Czech National Revival

Magazine / society
It was thanks to the efforts of patriotic scholars that the Bohemian language and culture were rescued from the Habsburg Monarchy. Agnieszka Fiedorowicz
Opinion
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Paulina
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Paulina Wilk

What Lies Beyond the City

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Against Apocalypse

Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk
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Mikołaj
Łoziński
Mikołaj Łoziński

Learning to Swim

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A Note of Nature
Mind the climate

A Note of Nature
Natural Inspirations in Music

Magazine / culture
Musical compositions inspired by the sounds of nature can bring relief, while simultaneously raising awareness of issues related to climate change. Wioleta Żochowska
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What Comes After Growth?
Mind the climate

What Comes After Growth?
An Interview about Food Sovereignty and Cooperativism

Magazine / society
Wojciech Mejor – a leading figure in the Polish post-growth movement – talks about food sovereignty, food cooperativism and alternatives to capitalism. Katarzyna  Michalczak
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Julia
Fiedorczuk
Julia Fiedorczuk

Against Apocalypse

Reading / society
What does the word ‘apocalypse’ mean? And how can we understand it in the context of an Earth hurtling towards climate catastrophe?
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Life-Giving Dust
Mind the climate

Life-Giving Dust
From the Sahara to the Ocean

Magazine / science
Saharan dust is a phenomenon that starts in the desert and brings multiple benefits to oceans and plants across the whole of the globe. Michał Brennek

PRZEKRÓJ’S 77TH BIRTHDAY

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“Przekrój” for Beginners

“Przekrój” for Beginners
A History of the Magazine

Magazine / culture
“Przekrój” revisits the story of our magazine – from a cramped tenement block in post-war Kraków, to the relaunched and revitalized quarterly in modern-day Warsaw. Paulina Wilk
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Matured into Immaturity

Matured into Immaturity
The Life of Zbigniew Lengren

Magazine / culture
The illustrator and cartoonist Zbigniew Lengren ran a 50-year comic strip in “Przekrój”. His daughter remembers his remarkable life. Katarzyna Lengren
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A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

A Woman with a Pebble in Her Heart

Media / Video
We invite you to watch an animation about Janina Ipohorska, one of the post-war pioneers of “Przekrój”, who for years was the deputy of editor-in-chief Marian Eile. The video was created for the occasion of our 75th birthday. Enjoy!
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A National Asana

A National Asana
Yoga Branches Across Poland

Magazine / society
Back in the early 1980s, “Przekrój” was already instructing our younger readers on the yogic tree pose. But the history of yoga in Poland dates way back to the early 20th century with one Wincenty Lutosławski. Ewa Pawlik

Audio

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What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

What Does the Amazon Rainforest Have to Say? ♫

Media / Audio
American acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton takes us on a sound trip to the first quiet park on Earth, where we can hear the gentle sounds of the Zabalo River, nestled deep in the Amazon rainforest.
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Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Mr Barker, Oedipuss and Us ♫

Media / Audio
We have more in common with cats and dogs than some people think – especially when it comes to cheekily deceiving each other. Original text by Ludwika Włodek.
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The Oak Chronicles ♫

The Oak Chronicles ♫

Media / Audio
An encounter with an ancient oak tree named Bartek, as experienced and retold by a biologist and poet. Original text by Urszula Zajączkowska.
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Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Life in a Sealed Jar. A Brief History of Terrariums ♫

Media / Audio
Closed terrariums are currently in vogue for urban gardeners, but their history runs all the way back to 19th-century botany. Original text by Joanna Dobkowska.

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Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
healthy living

Like Stroking a Butterfly’s Wing
A Most Delicate Massage

Magazine / society
The Butterfly Touch method developed by Eva Reich shows how less means more and how power lies in gentleness. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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The Wheels of Energy
healthy living

The Wheels of Energy
Understanding the Chakras

Magazine / culture
Ancient Hindu and Buddhist Tantra describe various focal points on the human body, which can be “worked” on to attain physical and psychological benefits. Agnieszka Rostkowska
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Sleep Well
healthy living

Sleep Well
Twelve Tips for a Good Night’s Rest

Magazine / society
Falling asleep at regular times and for regular periods is essential for mental and physical wellbeing. There are a number of ways to encourage it. Paulina Wilk
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Upside Down is Right Side Up
healthy living

Upside Down is Right Side Up
The Benefits of Yoga Inversions

Magazine / society
How turning the position of the body, quite literally, on its head is believed to increase circulation, improve energy levels, and strengthen muscles. Dominika Bok